Beaten and hurled on a bonfire by kid aged 13!!!

April 12, 2008 8:56am CST
A 13 year old boy battered a drunk to death and threw his body onto a bonfire, it was heard in court yesterday. Jamie Smith launched his motiveless attack on Stephen Croft who was five times over the drink-drive limit and unable to defnd himself. The schoolboy was sent to custody indefinitely and must serve 13 years before he can apply for parole. Stephen's family slammed the sentance. His sister said Smith's parents had "dragged him up to be the monster we now know him as." Smith got his first conviction at the age of 11. He was drunk when he beat Stephen, 34 in the early hours of November 6. He had burnt the body to conceal the crime. Smith, of Merseyside, Liverpool admitted murder. His dad, Gerald Murphy, 31 was given a minimum 11 year sentance in January after paralysing an Asian man in an attack. This is shocking, unbelieveable that a 13 year old has so much violence in him!!
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@nancyrowina (3850)
14 May 08
Even more shocking he burned the body to conceal what he'd done, that's very calculated and cold. Looks like he comes from a violent family if his dad has just been sent down for violent crime too. It's sad that bad things parents do effect kids to that extent and they follow in their footsteps.
14 May 08
He did come from a violent home so its no surprise that he turned violent!! Its amazing how things always happen after they have had a few drinks! he probably is a nice chap but he had a few drinks and that messed with his mind and now he has messed his life up and that of others!!
• United States
12 Apr 08
Wow that's terrible. I can't believe someone as young as that could do something like that. But when you think about it kids are getting more violent by the day. And disrespectful and they think that they are grown ups already. Now his life is ruined because of what he did. And he was drunk too? That's amazingly disgusting, how his parents raised him. Of course he was going to be violent if he was around his father.